Getting settled in

It’s now the Sunday of my first complete week in Sweden.

I hoped I’d have sorted more out than I have. After being offered a job last week, I got the contract through on Tuesday and went straight down to Skatteverket to register and get a personnummer.

This seemed to go well, as the person there said we’d brought down more than enough evidence. As Sofia & I have lived together for the last few years, I was eligible for a personnummer on two counts. First because I have a job in Sweden, and second because me and Sofia have lived and do live together. The person at skatteverket gave the same estimate as she gave to Sofia when she reregistered as being in Sweden – upto two months! However Sofia got reregistered within a few days, so I’m hoping it goes quicker for me too. I’ve read online people in the last month getting their number through within a week, so perhaps something may arrive next Monday or Tuesday….

What is a personnummer?

A personnummer is essentially like a national insurance number in the UK, however whilst in the UK it only really is used related to tax and benefits, in Sweden it’s used for absolutely everything.

After going to Skatteverket we went to a bank to try and get a bank account, however was told that I can’t do that without Swedish ID. This seems to be slightly incorrect, as the law apparently is like the UK where they need to be able to confirm my identity. As the personnummer is used for everything, an ID with this on confirms my identity. However, it does seem that it should be possible without a personnummer and  just using my EU passport.

We may go down again next week and try again.

The long journey

A few days ago I completed quite a long drive from the UK to Sweden. The journey length was about 1100 miles. The route I took was :


All in all I spread the drive over three days, the first driving in the afternoon to Dover where I stayed over night. Then on the next morning I took the ferry over to Dunkirk with my brother and we drove through France, Belgium, the Netherlands to Bremen, Germany. Then the final day we drove Bremen to Sweden.

It was a long drive, and ideally it would have been better to spend a few more days and get to see a little more, however we had to try and get there as soon as possible.

Now, I’ve got to get setup with everything I need to start my new job at the end of October.